Monday, 11 July 2011

WWE Billy Kidman

Real name: Peter Gruner
Height: 5’10″
Weight: 195 lbs.
Date of birth: May 11, 1974
From: Allentown, PA
Resides: Florida
Pro debut: 1994
Trained by: Wild Samoan Afa
Finishing move: Shooting Star Press

- On the independent circuit, Kidman competed under the aliases of “The Kid” and “Kid Flash.”
- As Kid Flash, Kidman teamed with Ace Darling to capture the ECWA (East Coast Wrestling Association) Tag Team title in September of 1995.
- In 1996, Kidman joined World Championship Wrestling.
- Kidman became a member of Raven’s flock, and developed the seven-year itch finishing maneuver.
- Kidman defeated the Disco Inferno at the 1998 Halloween Havoc in Las Vegas, NV.
- At World War III ’98, Kidman pinned Juventud Guerrera to capture the WCW Cruiserweight title.
- On November 29, 1998, Kidman again defeated the Disco Inferno at the Brian Hildebrand Tribute show in Knoxville, TN.
- In December 1998, Kidman suffered a torn groin and rotator cuff injures.
- At Starrcade ’98 in Washington, D.C., Kidman beat Rey Mysterio Jr. and Guerrera in a “triangle” match when he pinned Juvi.
- At Souled Out ’99, Kidman beat Mysterio Jr., Guerrera, and Psychosis in a “four corners” match when he pinned Guerrera.
- Kidman successfully defended the Cruiserweight title against Chavo Guerrero Jr. at SuperBrawl IX in San Francisco, CA.
- At Uncensored ’99, Kidman pinned Mikey Whipwreck.
- Mysterio Jr. and Kidman defeated Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko on March 29, 1999, for the WCW World Tag Team title on the Toronto “Nitro.”
- On June 13, 1999, Mysterio Jr. and Kidman defeated Benoit and Malenko at the 4th Annual Ilio DiPaolo Memorial show in Buffalo, NY.
- Konnan, Mysterio Jr., Eddy Guerrero, and Kidman formed the Filthy Animals.
- Mysterio Jr., Kidman, and Guerrero beat Vampiro and The Insane Clown Posse at the 1999 Road Wild.
- The Filthy Animals won the six man tag rematch at Fall Brawl ’99 in Winston-Salem, NC.
- On October 25, 1999, Kidman and Konnan defeated ten time WCW World Tag Team champions Harlem Heat for the title in Phoenix, AZ.
- In January 2000, Kidman, along with a handful a WCW stars, requested his release from the company when head writer Vince Russo was demoted and Kevin Sullivan was named head booker. Kidman was promised a push, and rescinded his request.
- With the demise of the Filthy Animals clique, fitness model Torrie Wilson became Kidman’s personal valet.
- On the April 10, 2000 episode of “Nitro,” Kidman and Wilson became apart of Eric Bischoff and Russo’s New Blood group.
- The Filthy Animals reunited on the May 8, 2000 edition of “Nitro.” Guerrera replaced Guerrero in the reformed group.
- On the June 5, 2000 episode of “Nitro,” Wilson turned against Kidman, delivering a low blow. Luckily for Kidman, he was wearing a cup.
- One week later on “Nitro,” Kidman turned babyface as he officiated the Jeff Jarrett-Hulk Hogan WCW title match.
- Kidman was granted a WCW title shot against Jarrett on the June 14, 2000 edition of “Thunder,” but Konnan turned against him by clobbering Kidman with the champion’s guitar.
- At New Blood Rising, Storm defeated Shane Douglas in a “strap” match. During the match, Kidman suffered a larynx injury.
- On the October 16, 2000 edition of “Nitro,” Kidman rejoined the Filthy Animals.
- At Mayhem 2000, the Filthy Animals (Kidman and Mysterio) defeated Alex Wright and Kronic in a handicap match.
- On the final “Nitro” on TNT, Kidman and Mysterio Jr. defeated Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo for the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team title in Panama City, FL.
- Kidman signed with WWFE after the company purchased rival WCW.
- At the July 3, 2001 “Smackdown” taping in Tacoma, WA, Kidman pinned Gregory “Shane” Helms (The Hurricane) for the WCW Cruiserweight title.
- At Invasion, Kidman pinned then WWF Light Heavyweight champion, X-Pac.
- On October 9, 2001 in Moline, IL, Kidman captured the WCW Cruiserweight title from X-Pac during the “Smackdown” television taping.
- At the April 2, 2002 “Smackdown” taping in Rochester, NY, Kidman defeated Tajiri for the Cruiserweight title.
- At Survivor Series ’02 in New York, NY, Kidman pinned Jamie Noble to capture the Cruiserweight title.
- On July 11, 2003, Kidman married Torrie Wilson in Old Saybrook, CT.
- Kidman and Charlie Haas were inducted into the ECWA hall of fame in Wilmington, DE on January 24, 2004.
- At the July 6, 2004 “Smackdown” taping in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kidman and Paul London defeated the Dudley Boyz to capture the WWE World Tag Team title.
- At No Mercy 2004, Kidman defeated his former tag team partner London with his shooting star press.
Billy Kidman
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